Where has the time gone?
by mule35 Feb 12th 2012
Its been over a month since my last posting...I do apologise, exams and coursework have piled up to a mad state, however there is light at the end of the tunnel :)
Only 6months away till I finish my last exam and I can really get down to some serious training and relaxing. The last few weeks have seen an increase in training from 0hrs to about 2-3hrs, still not a lot but some is better than none and I can already see the changes coming in my body and in my general mental well being.
There are 215 days between now and Challenge Henley where I shall be doing the half distance race, not mad enough to do the full distance.....for now (evil laugh).
Any way, training has been greatly helped by the return of my turbo and a new set of whoops for my bike (serious hole in my last set of rims) but huzzah for me I bought a set of Mavic Delta Elites for an absolute bargan and have already taken them out for a few laps around the park and a doomed trip into the Surrey Hills. (More later).
As promised I said I'd do a sports science blog, it wont be this one, but my next shall be as I am currently researching something quite topical at the moment which trumps all my other ideas about what to blog.
So as I mentioned, my first trip on my new hoops was a trip into the Surrey hills, with the Kingston Uni CC. Nothing special out through Epsom, up High Barn Hill, down Ranmore, up Box and down Leith Hills for good measure. All was good except I had hit a pot hole about 200m from leaving the uni car park, seriously Kingston council look after your roads, which later turns about to be the underlying tone for the ride.
So me and two others, all suffering from post exam weight gain/fitness loss, were busy hauling ourselves up High Barn Hill, knowing that the decent on Ranmore would more than make up for the 10min or so climb (yeah, thats how unfit we were/are). We got to the top and made a left along Ranmore common and got to the top of the hill, where Lewis said his famous last words "Watch out for the potholes, also its greasy so don't pin it until your around the hairpin. Remember potholes there are some new ones!". As soon as he said that, he was off like a rocket descending at mach 1,000,000 (it was actually 36.8mph, but it always feels faster!). I let a gap go between me and the other riders (remembering my downhill mountain bike days of if you run someone over, you ruin your wheels!). All of a sudden I saw Lewis fly OTT and start the deadly slide that we all know so well. Tim just about missed running him over, then I was faced with the do or die decision.....Go through the pot hole and potentially damage my wheels, or go for the softer target (i.e. Lewis) and maybe reduce the damage to my wheels.....I took the former, and my wheels, thankfully survived :)
What then ensued was a 20min walk back to the train station where we raided the cafe's first aid kit, thank you kind lady in the cafe, and then ended up on an hour long commute to Clapham, then back to Norbiton where Lewis limped off to hospital and I walked a couple of miles with two bikes.
Luckily, Lewis helmet took the majority of the blow (no more helmet) and he was left with a little road rash, a few stitches in his knees and a sore ass.
I think the moral of the story is.....ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET!!! My mate Lewis, owes Specialized a big hug, I think a call to 999 would have been needed rather than a patter down the hill.
Next blog will be in a few days.....Training begins on t-200days to Henley, I can't describe how excited I am at the prospect. Planning a cycling tour with KUCC to the Alpes which will be awesome training for Henley.